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A garden planting schedule: get to know your green thumb
Regardless of the season, by the time the summer solstice rolls around, most plant-lovers’ thoughts turn to preparing their yard for the coming cool weather. However, despite the chill in the air, all is not lost. Rather than let the warm season’s return pass you by, consider making a final green-thumbed push for fresh, tasty produce.
Some things, like picking the ripest fruit, will come to a swift end once you taste the goods, but many plants continue to yield right through the winter. Some things even keep producing, year after year. And if you choose to heed the advice of dedicated gardeners who have had the good fortune of sitting in their outdoor vegetable plots through many a frosty night, you might even be able to feed your family well through the winter months.
Just remember that no matter what, if you’ve had success growing produce from one year to the next, take the good earth’s goodness for granted. Never assume that the warm-weather season’s bounty is guaranteed to return. Make sure to take the following tips into consideration before you begin to plant.
Take note of your previous year’s planting schedule.
If you had a solid year growing season, the best way to ensure you won’t have problems with frost and a lack of sunlight is to take note of your plants’ previous year’s growth cycle. The hardiness of your plant depends not just on the time of year in which it is planted, but also on the time when it comes to bearing fruit. For this reason, many backyard gardeners pay attention to the different phases their plants are showing, and choose to grow their favorites during the appropriate time of year.
You may have noticed that your veggies started to sprout several months ago, and you can see what this means for the remainder of the gardening season. If you want to ensure that your plants grow to their maximum potential, be sure to plan your seeds with some consideration of when the different stages of your plants will be most visible.
For instance, let’s say you’re growing tomatoes. If you look at your variety’s seed packet, it’ll tell you that it’s a green fruit and will be ready to harvest within 20 to 25 days. That means you’ll need to plant tomatoes between June and July, or between May and August. If you have a favorite salad or pasta dish that calls for tomatoes, you’ll need to be sure to plant your seeds well in advance of the 20 to 25 days mark.
Now, the problem comes when you reach that year-end garden planting schedule and find that your plants aren’t all ready to go just yet. Even if they’re past their prime, they’ll probably still give you a good harvest.
So, what’s the easiest way to find out when your plants will be ready to harvest? That’s right: look at the seed packet. In some varieties, they’ll tell you that you can harvest any day from 30 to 70 days after you plant. If you can’t figure out the days your plants should be ready to eat, check your garden bible for the planting calendar, or simply check your plants for signs of maturity.
Your yard is ripe for planting.
Once you’ve got your planting schedule in mind, you need to think about the season and choose the right seeds. Whether you’re looking at starting out with different types of spring-flowering bulbs, those garden flowers that want nothing more than to provide your landscape with color all season long, or those hearty crops you’d like to have ready to go on a chilly fall evening, planting day is almost here. With such a wealth of gardening equipment, seeds and fertilizer to choose from, it’s tempting to dive headfirst into the process of planting. But before you start your garden planning, take a moment to make sure you’ve thought about the best soil you can work with.
The right soil for planting
When planting, you want to do so in a container or a bed that offers your seeds the right